Diploma in Pali Grammar

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Date of commencement:  22nd July 2023
Days and timings: Fridays; 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and Saturdays; 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m

There are three major works on Pali grammar, of which two were composed in Sri Lanka by Kaccayana and Moggallana. The third text, Saddaniti, was composed in Burma by Aggavamsa. 

This programme is designed for students with an advanced level of proficiency in Pali and is based entirely on Kaccāyana's and  Moggallāna’s Vyākaraṇa, Kaccāyana Pali Vyākaraṇa is composed after the 5th century and Moggallāna Pali Vyākaraṇa is composed in the 12 th century, during the reign of Parakkamabahu.

The programme has practical components i.e workshops that enhances the learning experience with this exposure in a comparative framework.

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Key Information


  • HSC or equivalent examination
  • Knowledge of Pali language, assessed in an interview interested candidates will have to undergo.


Teaching-learning occurs in primarily in lecture format, but there are two workshops that add a practical dimension.


Semester I Semester II
 Kaccāyana and Moggallāna Vyākaraṇa - I  Kaccāyana and Moggallāna Vyākaraṇa - II
Workshop Workshop


The Centre for Buddhist Studies has led the field in innovative curriculum design that addresses the learning needs of students who can engage full time, as well as those who pursue their passion part-time, at their own pace. The faculty have diverse specialisations, which is reflected in the syllabus.

The Diploma in Pali Grammar provides a good foundation, based on which a student who has a Bachelor’s degree can pursue an M.A. (Pali) at our institution.

Recognising that Buddhism is a living tradition, eminent members of the Sangha are regularly invited to or campus. This gives students an opportunity for experiential learning. The institution has had the privilege of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama four times. ven. Dhammadipa, a Buddhist monk from the Czech republic, is an annual visitor who has taught several key programmes on meditation texts as well as led retreats.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books, which is an important resource.

In addition to the workshops that are an integral part of this programme, students can attend seminars, workshops and field trips that are offered by the institution across the various disciplines. This creates opportunities of learning beyond the classroom and permits interaction with students pursuing different interests: this is a key feature of the learning experience on our campus.

The most unique aspect of our Centre is community engagement at our outreach project, Jetavan, in rural Maharashtra, which is available for students to visit and volunteer for engagement. The centre has been set up in collaboration with Godavari Biorefineries and Ven. Dhammadipa.

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, a student will:

  • Have a good foundation in Pali language and literature of various genres.
  • Have an understanding of the fundamental concepts in Buddhism through short essays in Pali that will help the student in accessing canonical, narrative and post-canonical literature.

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